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Mobile Web: Lack of functionality and site speed seen as main UX issues
Econsultancy
A lack of functionality and slow loading times are among the main usability issues with mobile sites, according to a new study. Sites that aren't optimized for mobile screens are also a lead cause of frustration, yet many businesses are still dragging their feet on launching a mobile site or moving to responsive design.
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Content strategy for mobile Web design
SitePoint
There's no getting away from it, mobile Internet is not going away any time soon and for those designers that have been avoiding it, now's the time to face it. Rightly so, many designers are taking the "mobile first" approach to ensure that a mobile site, even if it's a responsive one, performs to the best of its ability.
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Customize Chrome with these 4 Web development extensions
TechRepublic
Google Chrome extensions add extra features and functionality to your favorite browser. This article provides a brief explanation about what extensions are, what makes them run, and how to add and manage them. It highlights extensions that can assist in Web development on a regular basis.
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2014 STC membership season now open
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The 2014 membership season for the Society for Technical Communication is now open. Members, you should have received an email on Monday with the official announcement and information on the early renewal discount. Nonmembers, join today for 2014 and you'll get the rest of 2013 for free. That's 15 months for the price of 12, even better than a baker's dozen! And our Gold Value Package includes a wealth of benefits for the busy professional, all in one bundle. Renew with it today and receive free and discounted education, increased networking opportunities, a locked-in low rate for the 2014 Summit, and more. For additional information click "read more" below or contact Megan McBroom at megan.mcbroom@stc.org.
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Webinars galore in October
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If you've never taken a live Web seminar with STC, October is the month to start. We have a dozen great seminars scheduled, on topics ranging from content strategy to information architecture, from agile to infographics, and from management to contract work. There's even a special "horror" themed webinar on Halloween! See the full schedule at the link below and join us for an hour of introduction, education, and sometimes even entertainment.
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Last chance to register: 3 online courses start next week
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STC has three online courses starting next week. These multi-week courses are perfect to help you take the next step in your career. Kick-start your career with TechComm 101, presented by Leah Guren starting 30 September and running every Monday through 11 November, from Noon-1:30 PM EDT (GMT-4). Or advance your career with TechComm 201, every Tuesday from 1 October through 5 November, Noon-1:30 PM EDT (GMT-4). Finally, we also offer Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton on Wednesdays from 2 October through 30 October, 10:30 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4).
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Make STC membership a corporate benefit and save
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Companies who employ five or more technical communicators can save on membership dues. Join now and receive STC Classic member benefits and services plus much more. This includes over 140 free, archived, recorded seminars, publications, discounted conference registration, and more! It's a win-win for the company and the employee.
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Advantages of CMS development platforms like WordPress and Joomla
Developer Tech
CMS or Content Management System is a Web development tool for effectively managing your Web content and user activity, while offering you full access to your website using just one platform. The content can be text, images, audio/video, music, PDF documents etc. Such a system enables users to easily add content to the website, modify or edit it and manage it for improved performance of the website. You can easily develop and manage content on your website without having technical knowledge of Web development or designing.
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Updated version of Indigo Studio released
I Programmer
Infragistics has release a new version of Indigo Studio, a wireframing tool for prototyping desktop, Web, and mobile apps. Aimed at designers who lack programming skills and developers without design resources, Indigo Studio is an interaction design tool that that incorporates interactive user interface wireframing and prototyping with user-centered storyboarding to enable designers, developers, and business users to explore functional, animated UI prototypes without any code.
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How Flipboard's head designer grapples with the Web's manic pace of change
Fast Company
The thing about a designer — and this is especially true of a designer of digital products — is that you work on things that become obsolete relatively soon after you launch them. "I know at the moment we ship, we're going to want to improve on it," Marcos Weskamp, the head of design at Flipboard, said. "I don't think it's tragic. It's something you learn over the years. It's more a way of being."
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How can I use an iPad for Web development and programming?
Lifehacker
Bug alert! But you're on the road. All you have is your iPad, and maybe a Bluetooth keyboard. What to do? The Apple devs at Stack Exchange offer up some wisdom on developing on the road.

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CV keyword bingo: HTML5, Hadoop, and MongoDB
Computer Weekly
Job search website indeed.com has compiled a job trends report with a supporting graphical analysis to detail to the top keywords that job hunters submit and employers look for when it comes to evaluating curriculum vitae's (CV) or résumés, if you prefer the Franco-Americanism. "HTML5" is the #1 job trend — the fastest growing keyword found in online job postings — ahead of "MongoDB" in second place and "iOS" in third place says the company.

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The 10 best coding websites
The Independent
From Codeacademy to Hackety Hack, these sites offer free and paid courses in everything from programming and Web design to music theory and graphics.

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Adobe sketches the future of the Web
InfoWorld
The Web will soon become a foundation for truly rich applications and immersive experiences. Adobe ponders the technologies that will likely play a crucial role.
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Creating a subscription-based website with Laravel and Recurly, Part 1
SitePoint
Scheduling and processing payments is easy, but don’t think recurring payments are trivial. Things can get complicated very quickly. You need to decide how to handle failures (how many failed payment attempts does someone get?), billing details must be kept up to date, and upgrading and downgrading plans can introduce all sorts of issues. Then there’s perhaps the most significant issue with recurring payments – you need to keep your visitors’ payment details on file. This introduces security, compliance, and legal issues.
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